Xilitla and Gardens of Sir Edward James Extension



Days: 2


The Xilitla and Gardens of Sir Edward James trip is a great extension to any Mexico City visit, visiting a surreal world full of whimsical statues and lush jungles.

Edward James was an eccentric Englishman born to extreme wealth and privilege. Edward grew to love surrealist art and became a patron of famed artists Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and others. An aspiring artist himself, James moved to Mexico to create Las Pozas (“The Pools”), a fantasy world of his own where he could create and display his surrealistic inspirations.  The Surrealist Gardens of Sir Edward James and Las Pozas is set more than 2,000 feet above sea level in a tropical rain forest near the village of Xilitla. James creation consists of more than 80 acres of natural pools, waterfalls, and towering sculptures made of cement. For about a decade, this “surrealist Xanadu” housed a vast variety of tropical animals and plants, orchids in particular of which there were said to be at one time over 29,000.

This weekend trip to the Gardens of Edward James is a great way to add a cultural getaway any any of our Mexico City Trips.



Hotel El Castillo – Visit this hotel which is mixture of Mexican, English, and Mudejar style design – an architectural dream set in a mountain-top rainforest

Surrealist Castle of Sir Edward James –  Cool off with the refreshing pools, rivers, and waterfalls of the area and marvel at the surrealist works of art interlaced throughout the gardens

Day 1

Arrival to Xilitla
Fly from Mexico City to Tampico and relax during your private transportation, snack included, to Xilitla where you will enjoy a local lunch. After lunch, you’ll be taken to the Surrealist Gardens and Las Pozas where you are free to explore the castle and lush jungle and settle into your room.

Day 2

Famous Gardens or Sir Edward James
Take a guided tour of the grounds and enjoy free time to wander the property and be inspired by the artistic and natural surroundings. After lunch, you will be transferred back to the airport at Tampico for your flight back to Mexico City.


Our trips are fully customized, allowing us to build your itinerary for any time of the year.


Our custom-tailored journeys start from $600 USD per day for two travelers. Contact us today to discuss your travel desires and design a personalized proposal with exact pricing.